1957

  Franck Sylvain - WikipediaFranck Sylvain is elected President of Haiti, but is succeeded by a thirteen-member Executive Council of Government. Daniel Fignolé is elected President of Haiti, but is replaced by a Military Council of Government.

22 October 1957

François Duvalier | president of Haiti | BritannicaDr. François “Papa Doc” Duvalier is elected President of Haiti. The corrupt Duvalier dictatorship marks one of the saddest chapters in Haitian history with tens of thousands killed or exiled.

1958

Duvalier began to attack his opponents violently, driving many of them into exile.

1964

François Duvalier proclaims himself “President for Life.”

1971

François Duvalier dies, only to be replaced by his 19-year-old son, Jean-Claude Duvalier. Making him the youngest president in the world until today. (2016)

1972

The first Haitian “boat people” fleeing the country land in Florida.

1976

Widespread protests against repression of the nation’s press take place.

1970s-1980s

Jean-Claude ('Baby Doc') Duvalier - obituary - Telegraph“Baby-Doc” Duvalier exploits international assistance and seeks to attract investment leading to the establishment of textile-based assembly industries. Attempts by workers and political parties to organize are quickly and regularly crushed.

1980

Although foreign investments industrialized Port-au-Prince with assembly factories that made Haiti the world’s ninth largest assembler of products for US markets, the Haitian national debt grows to $366 million.

1986

After the killing of four students, a year of sustained national protests against Jean-Claude Duvalier forces him to flee Haiti for France on a US jet.  General Henry Namphy steps into power and establishes a repressive military government.